wow i never thought about what would happen if snape took harry and draco. interesting spin. i'm impressed. keep it up!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for reading this! I think now with DH out and over with, it probably won't get many reads. It's interesting to see how things turned out against my speculation, though. I'm glad you've enjoyed it so far, I hope you like the rest! Thanks for reading and leaving such a nice review!! ~Gina :)
I have really enjoyed your story, it was a great alternate ending to HBP. Good job
Author's Response: Thank you so much! That is a lot of reading, I'm very happy you enjoyed it. I'm excited to see if anything I may have included shows up in the last book this summer. ;) Thanks for reading this and for leaving such a nice review, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)
I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HE DIDN'T LOOK AROUND!!!! He could have found all sorts of helpful stuff! Harry's never been one of my fave toons :P he's so stupid Anyway, this is really good so far. Love your writing!
Author's Response: That's so funny, to think that Harry should have looked around the RoR a bit, lol. But you may be on to something - a lot of people think Voldemort might have hidden a Horcrus there! Anyway, you pegged the reason why: Harry is just not always that observant, especially when he has set his goal. I'm glad you liked it though, and hope you enjoy the last chapter! Thanks so much for reading this story, and for the lovely review! ~Gina :)
Great story! I actually think you should write a sequel to this, I feel there's so much to be said.
Author's Response: Hi there! My last review asked for a sequel too - thanks, I find that very flattering, sort of like the ultimate compliment. But I wanted to address a lot of Book Seven issues with this story, and with the real Book Seven coming out soon I won't be writing a sequel. Sorry! I'm so glad you enjoyed this story, thank you for the great review!! ~Gina :)
I realy liked this story. thou you should realy think about making a sequl. because I realy realy liked it!!!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! Several people have mentioned sequels, but with Book Seven coming out in less than two months, I'm afraid not! Plus I think (I hope!) some of this stuff will be covered in Book Seven. I'm so glad you enjoyed my version on all these different events, thank you so much for reading it and leaving a nice review! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Wow - again, I can't believe you read it all so quickly! I am so glad you stuck with it, and hope you enjoyed it. It really did cover some of the things we chatted about in your LJ thread and I hope you enjoyed my take on them. And I hope the Pensieve memories weren't too cliche. ;) Thank you so much for all your wonderful reviews, they have been great fun to respond to! I really appreciate all your kind words, as this was a big project for me. *turnip hug* Thanks again!! ~Gina :)
Hmm... I still don't think he turned out of love. But that's another debate. I do really like the mirroring of the "expecting mothers" and it gives him more reason to hate Harry ;)
Author's Response: I'm so glad you picked up on the mirroring - and yes, it was *meant* to give Snape more reason to hate Harry. Yay! I'll have to pick your brain more on why exactly Snape turned. As I said in my author's note, I think there must have been some distinct impetus, something very specific that happened and made him change his allegiance. I think it would have been very traumatic to change his mind so completely, and losing someone you love often does that. JKR did say that Snape had been loved, and its possible he's the estranged, bitter man we know today because he lost that love. It would tie in nicely with Dumbledore's views on love, and really solidy Dumbledore's trust in Snape, I think. But it's just a thought - again, I hope we find the real reason in book seven! I'm glad you are still reading - thanks again for the reviews!! ~Gina :)
Ooh! I love this! And it fits really well with another of the Red Hen's theories:
The mirroring of Book 3 in book 6: Pettigrew "died", after Black supposedly betrayed the Potters. But really, Pettigrew was the one who betrayed them. I never really thought that applied, but if you think of it from this angle, it really does look like Dumbledore is the one who did the betraying instead of Snape.
This is wonderfully written, too. I was so caught up in the story that I almost forgot to leave a review, I was so anxious to get to the next chapter.
Author's Response: This was a tough chapter to write, so thank you for your kind comments. I knew what I wanted to do with it, but it was challenging to get Harry and his friends to work out what everything meant, and what it implied about Dumbledore. I loved Ron's line, "He created you." It's certainly not my own original theory, I may have even read it on Red Hen myself, but I do think that it is extremely possible, and would be an awesome twist to the last book. I think the majority of readers would be stunned. I don't know that I see Dumbledore's actions as a betrayal so much as the ultimate manipulation - which tragically ended in the death of Harry's parents. Think of the guilt he must carry! But then think of what would have happened if Voldemort had never heard the prophecy. Sure, Harry might have lived a happy life with his parents and his godfather - but it might have been under the dictatorship of the Dark Lord. Dumbledore made a very difficult and courageous choice. Thanks so much for all the interesting comments you have left, it is so great to know someone picked up on all the little things I tried to include!! ~Gina :)
*cheers* Even though you told me you put that in this story, I was still delighted to see the Unbreakable Vow = Dark Arts and Snape-heard-the-whole-prophecy theories here!
And, at the same time, I'm relieved that you aren't a mirror image of me -- my view of Occlumency is quite different.
Author's Response: Well now I'm very curious how your views on Occlumency are different! =) I'm glad you enjoyed my version of this night. I hope we get to find out the real story soon, because I think it really goes to whether Snape is truly loyal to Dumbledore. Thanks for the wonderful review! ~Gina :)
Oh man, framing Harry? That's brilliant! I just hope it's *not* Scrimgeour because Harry is usually wrong about the victim when he makes random guesses.
Author's Response: Wow, five more reviews when I got up this morrning - thank you!! That's a lot of reading! I don't know about brilliant, but it was fun. The whole bit in the Daily Prophet was rather unplanned, but I thought it would make things interesting, not so much within the scope of this story, but for later on. Plus it seems possible that Harry could be dragged into some sort of investigation of what happened that night - and that Scrimgeour might have it in for him. Thanks for much for reading and reviewing - again! ~Gina :)
Ooh, I really like your characterization of Aberforth. Very much how I imagine him!
Author's Response: I'm so glad you liked him, I hope we get to meet him in book seven! I think he's the Order member we haven't met much of yet, although I suppose it could be someone else. I've enjoyed writing his character a few times now. He's a bit like Moody, I think they'd get on well. ;) Thanks for continuing and for the lovely review! ~ Gina :)
Hmm... I don't know if I quite believe that Snape would display his allegiance at that point. It seems too risky.
But the writing is excellent! I particularly like the way you work the coffee table into the fight. It reads very naturally. I have troubles with this sort of scene (luckily, I don't have very many of them).
Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks so much for the review! I see what you mean about Snape revealing himself. . . but there is more going on here than meets the eye. This is kind of funfor me, knowing the story is done and that your comment will play out later - and knowing I can't say anything for spoiling it, hee hee. I wonder if that is how JKR feels sometimes? ;) Anyway, thank you for the compliment! I really enjoyed writing the fight in this scene. I hope you continue reading to see how Snape's fate plays out - and I hope you enjoy it!! Thanks again for reading this! ~Gina :)
Ooh, I definitely like this! It fits really well with what could have happened, and I think both Snape and Harry are in character.
This also seems really plausible.
Author's Response: Hi there! Thank you so much for coming by to read this story, you really didn't have to. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the beginning though. Thank you for the compliments on Harry and Snape! I hope you continue to find the story - some if not all - plausible, because I really did want to stick close to the book, the possibilities inherent in changing this one event, and what might happen next. Thanks so much for the review, I hope you enjoy the rest! ~Gina :)
you really understand harry, more so than many of the other fan fiction writers out there. you are able to capture his whole spirt, and his faults beautifully. this is truly one of the most well written and fulfilling fan fictions i have read to date! congratulations!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I really enjoy writing Harry, and I seem to do well by him from what I've heard. I am so glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for reading this story, and for leaving such kind words. I really appreciate it, as a lot of work went into this story. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Oh! I am so sad that it is over!
Author's Response: That is a very nice compliment, thank you. I am so glad you enjoyed this story. I really appreciate all the little notes you left for each chapter. Thanks so much for reading this and reviewing it! ~Gina :)
Yay! Snape is still good! (I think...)
Author's Response: I think so too, so I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter. I'll be very interested to see how he plays his card in Book Seven. Thanks again for all the reviews! ~Gina :)
Wow. Voldie likes killing, doesn't he? Once again, great chapter!
Author's Response: This one was risky so I'm glad you enjoyed it. And yes - Voldemort is evil. I hope Harry gets him good. ;) ~Gina :)
OMG! thia story is getting better and better! Keep it up!
Author's Response: Thanks so much, I'm glad this chapter got you. Can you imagine if this is what Dumbledore indeed planned? Yikes, poor Harry. Hope you enjoy the rest! ~Gina :)
Wow. Snape is convincing. I
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm so glad you found him so, I really enjoyed writing him for this story, and these scenes in particular. He comes back too. ~Gina :)
Ooooooh. Cliffhanger! I
Author's Response: Gotta have a few. ;) Hope you liked it! ~Gina :)